ICCWC in action

ICCWC Activities Around the World

ICCWC partners have been providing, since the launch of ICCWC in 2010, coordinated law enforcement support in many countries and regions across the world.


Implementation of ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit and indicator framework for wildlife and forest crime

The ICCWC Toolkit is at different stages of implementation across 30 countries and has been completed in 12 countries to date. The ICCWC Indicator Framework is an integral part of the implementation of the ICCWC Toolkit and has been jointly implemented as part of the Toolkit since 2018. The Indicator Framework has been completed to date in Bolivia, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Namibia and Uganda and is planned in several additional countries.   

Targeted Law Enforcement Support 

Specialized Law Enforcement Meetings and targeted regional support 

ICCWC has continued to support efforts to Africa-Asia cooperation on the interception, investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime through the identification of risk indicators, the promotion of exchange of information, and financial investigation best practices. Examples include an Africa-Asia Wildlife Inter-Regional Enforcement (WIRE) Meeting, convened in Kenya, (November 2018); the convening of the meeting of representatives of Parties involved in the development and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs) (May 2018); the convening of a back-to-back Regional Investigative and Analytical Case Management (RIACM) meeting for NIAP Parties. 

INTERPOLs first Annual Meeting on Wildlife Trafficking in Central and West Africa took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 22-24 May 2019, exploring the challenges and responses to wildlife crime; identifying regional trends, and laying the foundation for increasing operational activities in the region.

Support has been provided by ICCWC to the CITES Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Task Force (2017), regional workshops in the Bahamas (July 2016) and Barbados (May 2017) to discuss the potential development of a network to combat wildlife crime in the Caribbean (Carib-WEN).

Specialized training

Through it's global network of regional and country offices, ICCWC continues to provide specialized training for wildlife law enforcement officers. Throughout 2019, several capacity building initiatives across Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam were conducted, focusing on enhancing skills and knowledge in advanced investigation techniques targeting wildlife crime syndicates. These training build upon previous work done by ICCWC through a number of workshops and projects (China, 2011; Prague, 2015, and related activities of Projects WAYLAY and INAMA).

The training initiatives covered post seizure investigations techniques such as controlled delivery, financial investigations and undercover operations. These specialized training events have enhanced the ability of front-line wildlife crime investigators to respond to wildlife crime as serious organized crime. The training has provided the tools and knowledge to front line officers to combat this sophisticated crime type.

Other specialized training includes the implementation of the anti-money laundering training programme, designed to help investigators, prosecutors, judges, and others in the criminal justice system overcome the investigative, legal and procedural challenges related to wildlife crime and money laundering cases. The training programme was conducted in Kenya (June 2017) and in the United Republic of Tanzania (November 2017). Additional activities are planned across Cameroon, Côte d’ Ivoire; Laos PDR, Madagascar; Zimbabwe.  

In addition, through its global network of regional and country offices, ICCWC has continued to provide specialized training for wildlife law enforcement officers, including Specialized training in support of operations and the organization of a number of activities to support the implementation of the recommendations of the ICCWC Toolkit, such as delivering targeted training on CITES and special investigative techniques (Bangladesh, October 2015). 

Wildlife Incident Support Teams 

To support countries that have been affected by significant poaching, or that have made a large-scale seizure of CITES specimens, ICCWC has, upon request, deployed Wildlife Incident Support Teams (WISTs), to assist these countries and guide and facilitate appropriate follow-up actions. A number of WIST have been deployed.  

A Support Team was deployed to Ha Noi, Vietnam in 2019, in response to large-scale ivory and pangolin scales seizures. Working in coordination with customs and police, supported by the INTERPOL National Central Bureau, suspects were identified, as well as an additional illegal shipment was profiled and intercepted. A Support Team was also deployed to Uganda in 2019, which assisted in the seizure of over 750 pieces of ivory and approximately 423 kilograms of pangolin scales in Kampala. The contraband was concealed in wax embedded inside a number of timber logs.

Such WISTs have also been deployed at the request of Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. to assist national authorities to collect DNA samples from a large-scale ivory seizure for forensic analysis. A WIST was also deployed to Madagascar to provide analysis and support on the government’s efforts to deal with illegal logging and trafficking in rosewood and other precious timber species.

Wildlife Enforcement Networks

ICCWC is also supporting the strengthening of wildlife enforcement networks, who respond to wildlife crime at regional and sub-regional levels. The 3rd Global meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks was convened alongside the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Geneva, Switzerland (August 2019). This follows earlier meetings, First global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Second global meeting of the wildlife enforcement networks alongside the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in September 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2019, ICCWC has also developed Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks which outline the key considerations in the development of new WENs, and also provide a self-assessment tool to assist existing WENs to evaluate their level of maturity and/or operational performance and identify possible areas that could be strengthened. ICCWC will pilot the Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks in SudWEN in 2020 as part of a broader project supported by the U.S. Department of State to strengthen WENs globally. WENs were encouraged to, once finalized, use the Guidelines as appropriate to strengthen their respective networks and their regional responses to combating wildlife crime.

Law enforcement operations to combat wildlife crime

ICCWC has coordinated a number of regional and global operations such as INFRA TERRA (2014), PAWS (2014), URSA, THUNDERBIRD (2017), THUNDERSTORM (2018), THUNDERBALL (2019) and supported network-led operations such as COBRA II and III (2015). 



ICCWC progress reports 

An overview of all ICCWC activities conducted to date can be found in the following reports: